How to care for Aloe variegata

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How to care for Aloe variegata
Aloe variegata has distinctive white markings. (Wikimedia Commons)

Aloe variegata is an extremely useful and easy-to-grow plant. This plant is probably one of the most useful plants known. Its natural healing properties and ability to soothe irritated, injured or burnt skin makes it an invaluable plant to have in the home. This plant belongs to the cactus family. Though it doesn't have any spines, it is a succulent. Warmth and sunlight are the keys to successful aloe growth.

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Things you need

  • Aloe variegata plant
  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Saucer
  • Sunny area

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    Fill a flower pot with alkaline soil. The pot should have drainage holes at the bottom to facilitate drainage. Aloe variegata enjoys slightly more alkaline soil than neutral. To test the alkalinity of your soil, you may wish to buy a soil testing kit, though these plants are not known to be finicky.

  2. 2

    Place the pot on a saucer to prevent water from dripping on the floor.

  3. 3

    Plant the aloe in the pot, and water slightly. Aloe plants are succulents and are well equipped to living with less water. Of course, if you are planting in the summer, it is best to water somewhat more frequently than in the winter. Do not overwater, as this will encourage rot.

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    Move the plant into an area with bright sunlight. Aloe plants perform best if they are subjected to several hours of direct sunlight every day. Aloe growers are rewarded with large, colourful blooms. But beware of keeping aloe plants too close to windows in the winter, as they need temperatures to remain above 12.8 degrees C (55 degrees F).

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    Repot if the plant outgrows its original home, and repot any new plants that emerge. This minimises overcrowding issues.

Tips and warnings

  • As your aloe plant grows, review all the ways you can use its medicinal juice and leaves to enhance your life.
  • The biggest problems with growing aloe plants are overwatering and temperature control. These plants are indigenous to desert-like areas and thrive with little water and lots of bright, hot sunshine.

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